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Bronx Birth Injury

Even with remarkable medical advances in medicine in the recent past, a birth injury can still happen. While many birth injuries are preventable, most parents are unaware of the potential problem until it is too late. Parents are usually not prepared for the news. A birth injury can occur without warning, causing severe damage to the infant and significant emotional suffering for the parents. Cerebral palsy is one of the most common birth injuries, there are many other types of birth injuries. These injuries to an infant can cause a significant and permanent brain injury. In many cases a baby is born injured because of pregnancy or delivery complications. In other cases, even where the pregnancy or delivery is not complicated, a medical misdiagnosis may cause the baby to be born with a permanent condition that will impact their entire life. This means that their family will face the emotional stress of raising a disabled child. This will also mean a significant financial challenge for the family which will have to face decades of medical bills. If your child suffered a birth injury as a result of a medical misdiagnosis or another type of medical malpractice, contact an experienced Bronx birth injury lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates who will help you pursue compensation for your child’s injuries.

Common Types of Birth Injuries

Nearly 3% of babies are born with a birth injury. There are several different types of birth injuries. Some occur prior to the baby entering the birth canal, others occur while the baby is in the birth canal. Some of the most common birth injuries include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Perinatal asphyxia
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
  • Fractures
  • Facial paralysis
  • Spastic Quadriparesis
  • Cephalohematoma

If your child was born with a birth injury and you are not sure what happened, contact an experienced Bronx birth injury lawyer. In some cases the birth injury will require the child to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit for a few weeks or a few months. In other cases the injury may be permanent and severe, requiring the child to receive lifelong special care such as multiple surgeries, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

Causes of Birth Injuries

While not all birth injuries are caused by medical malpractice, there are many instances in which birth injuries are indeed caused by mistakes made by a doctor or other health care provider. For example, labor and delivery mistakes include the doctor or nurse failing to detect changes in the baby's heart rate and other signs of fetal distress, delay in ordering a C-section delivery, failure to diagnose a complication, giving the mother the wrong medication including anesthesia or an improper dose of the correct medication, or the improper use of forceps, vacuums or other medical tools.

In some cases the effect of a medical mistake is temporary, or can be fixed through corrective medical intervention. In other cases injured children will require full-time care for life and will never experience the quality of life that all parents hope for their children. This is why it is critical to contact an experienced birth injury lawyer in the Bronx to discuss holding the party responsible for the medical mistake accountable. The law allows you to seek compensation from the hospital, doctor and other medical staff whose negligence resulted in your baby’s condition. You can sue for past medical bills as well as for the expenses you expect to incur for your child’s care for the rest of his or her life.

Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates

Birth injuries can leave a family emotionally and financially devastated. Learning that the condition was preventable and caused by the errors of healthcare workers only adds to the emotional pain. If you suspect that your child’s medical problems are due to the mistake by a medical professional, you have the right to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Contact a birth injury attorney serving the Bronx at Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling claims from people injured due to the mistake of healthcare workers. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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